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Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums

 

These engaging forums are held at various locations throughout the greater Cleveland area and focus on current public policy issues facing Northeast Ohio.

This series is co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Media Group plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cleveland Skyline

Tuesday, April 18
6:30-8 p.m.

 

Panelists: 

  • David Crampton, PhD, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
  • Edward L. Gilbert, Author, Attorney & Foster Care advocate
  • Kate Lodge, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Executive Director of A Place 4 Me, YWCA Greater Cleveland
  • Betsie Norris, Executive Director, Adoption Network Cleveland

Moderator: Phillip Morris, The Plain Dealer

 

This panel will examine the issues faced by the foster care system in Northeast Ohio. Some argue that courts and aid workers are being overwhelmed by state funding cuts and issues such as the growing opioid epidemic. Our panel of experts in different areas of the field will discuss this and more.

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Lakewood Public Library, Main Branch | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Tuesday, May 9
7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists:

  • Joyce Braverman, Director of Development, City of Shaker Heights (tentative)
  • Mansfield Frazier, Journalist, Business Owner and Hough Resident
  • Wayne Mortensen, Director Of Design, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  • Rick Semersky, Developer/CEO, VIP Restoration, Inc.

 

Moderator: Terry Schwartz, Director, Cleveland Urban Design Collab., Kent State University

 

Cleveland’s east side/west side rivalry is a tired cliché—one that’s counterproductive to our ability to move forward as a region. Major investments and new opportunities exist on both sides of the river. But there are some key differences. Some of the most exciting recent developments (Hingetown! Gordon Square! The Lakewood Solstice Steps!) are west of the river. And many of Cleveland’s most distressed neighborhoods lie to the east.

This forum will explore established development strongholds on the east side, as well as emerging neighborhoods. What are the progress indicators and how can we advance development prospects and public space investments in ways that benefit the broader community? Panelists include people directly involved in the hopeful, and sometimes frustrating work of regenerating city neighborhoods and inner-ring suburbs. The forum will highlight current efforts and engage participants in a conversation about local and regional priorities.

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cleveland Heights-University Height Public Library | Free | REGISTER >

 

Tuesday, May 16 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: 

  • Michael Chadsey, Ohio Oil and Gas Association
  • Trent Dougherty, Ohio Environmental Council
  • Edward “Ned” Hill, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

Moderator: Dan Shingler, Crain's Cleveland Business

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Solon Community Center (35000 Portz Pkwy) | free | REGISTER >

 

 

 

Video of Previous Forums:

1/31/17 | Public Policy Forum, "The Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland. How could this happen? Should it?" |  Watch >

11/17/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Sports Stadium Financing in Cleveland" |  Watch >

11/15/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Relationship Between Cleveland Police and the Community" |  Watch >

10/13/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Marijuana Legalization in Ohio" |  Watch >

9/15/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River" |  Watch >

8/25/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio" |  Watch >

5/17/16 | Public Policy Forum, "2016 Republican National Convention: What's it mean to Cleveland?" | Watch >

5/16/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Cleveland's Radio Superstars" | Watch >

2/9/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Cuyahoga County Waterfronts and Neighborhood Development" | Watch >

1/19/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Your Money, Your Healthcare: Accessing Quality Treatment at a Time of Rapid Change" | Watch >

10/7/15 | Public Policy Forum, "Housing Crisis in Northeast Ohio--Where Are We in 2015?" | Watch >

8/19/15 | Public Policy Forum, "How to Become an Education Activist in Northeast Ohio" | Watch >

7/29/15 | Public Policy Forum, "Land Use in Cuyahoga County" | Watch >

6/17/15 | Public Policy Forum, "Regional Cooperation or How to Get 59 Civic Entities to Play Together" | Watch >